Forget Ice Cream: 10 Healthy Sorbet Recipes You Need to Make This Summer

Need a break from ice cream? Try these healthy sorbet recipes

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Chocolate chip, strawberry, and rocky road ice cream are all delicious, but why not substitute lemon, strawberry, or basil-lime sorbet?

One of summertime’s go-to snacks is ice cream, whether you make a tub at home or pick up a pint at your grocery store. While it’s one of the most cooling and refreshing snacks when the weather gets warmer, eating a cup can pack on the pounds. There is a way to satisfy your craving without the calories: sorbet.

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Sorbet has two main ingredients: fruit and sugar. Some recipes also add water and other flavor elements, like herbs or spices. But for the most part, all sorbet is is blended fruit that is churned and then frozen, making it a guilt-free treat. Ice cream, on the other hand, contains milk, sugar, eggs, heavy cream — while delicious, it’s not an everyday food.

One of the reasons why you should forget about ice cream is that sorbet is a little healthier. The second reason: Sorbet is easier to make at home. The Daily Meal’s Lemon Sorbet recipe, for instance, is just a matter of squeezing, stirring, and freezing. If you’re ready to forget about ice cream, here are a few recipes to get you started.

Avocado, Coconut, and Lime Sorbet

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I know what you're thinking. Avocados in a sorbet? Oh, just you wait. The coconut and lime add a tropical panache, but the avocado gives it a distinctive, smooth finish. I can't think of a more gratifying way to get a healthy scoop of monounsaturated fats. For the Avocado, Coconut, and Lime Sorbet recipe, click here.

Basil Lime Sorbet

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This sorbet is sufficient reason to bring back the custom of serving a "palate cleanser" when switching from white to red wines at formal dinners. For the Basil Lime Sorbet recipe, click here.